Sigrid Willa Luhr

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Sigrid Willa Luhr

Curriculum Vitae
Research Interests
Work, Family, Gender, Inequality, Technology Industry

Sigrid Luhr received her PhD from the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley in May 2020. Prior to coming to Berkeley, she earned a BA in sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests largely lie at the intersection of work, gender, and family. Her dissertation research draws on in-depth interviews with tech workers to understand barriers to diversity and inclusion in the San Francisco Bay Area tech industry. Her Master’s research focused on social class differences in how adolescents learn about finances within the home. Some of her other research explores how mothers and fathers working in the service industry deploy their status as parents at work. She has also examined how scheduling practices affect the child care arrangements of parents working low-wage service jobs (with Daniel Schneider and Kristen Harknett) and the experiences of middle-income families during the Great Recession (with Jeanna Leigh, Anne Gauthier, Roberta Iversen, and Laura Napolitano). 

Published work:

Sigrid Luhr. (2020). “Signaling Parenthood: Managing the Motherhood Penalty and Fatherhood Premium in the U.S. Service Sector.” Gender & Society.

Kristen Harknett, Daniel Schneider, and Sigrid Luhr. (2020). “Who Cares if Parents have Unpredictable Work Schedules?: The Association between Just-in-Time Work Schedules and Child Care Arrangements.” Social Problems.

Sigrid Luhr. (2018). “How Social Class Shapes Adolescent Financial Socialization: Understanding Differences in the Transition to Adulthood.” Journal of Family and Economic Issues.

Dani Carrillo, Kristen Harknett, Allison Logan, Sigrid Luhr, and Daniel Schneider (2017). "Instability of Work and Care: How Work Schedules Shape Child-Care Arrangements for Parents Working in the Service Sector." Social Service Review.

Jeanna Parsons Leigh, Anne Gauthier, Roberta Iversen, Sigrid Luhr, and Laura Napolitano. (2016). “Caught In Between: Neoliberal Rhetoric and Middle-income Families in Canada and the United States.” Journal of Family Studies.


PhD Date:
Dissertation Title
Engineering Inequality: Rethinking Inclusion in the San Francisco Bay Area Tech Industry
Dissertation Committee
John Lie (chair), Sandra Smith, Daniel Schneider, Leslie Salzinger (Gender and Women's Studies)